John Maguire

John Maguire

More mouldy old rope from Marvel

More mouldy old rope from Marvel

This film belongs to Jessie Buckley, who is fully immersed in her character’s psychology in ways that drag you along behind her, gasping

Not your average French love story

Not your average French love story

Claire Denis, working for the first time with another icon of French cinema, Juliette Binoche, delivers a sophisticated and perceptive update on a much-maligned genre

Documentary hits all the right notes

Documentary hits all the right notes

Ken Wardrop upends the clichés about piano lessons

Berry’s incisive prison drama takes us deep inside a hidden Ireland

Berry’s incisive prison drama takes us deep inside a hidden Ireland

In only his second feature, following the award-winning I Used To Live Here, director Frank Berry and a talented cast examine how the criminal justice system fails everyone

Delightful tale of a dog’s life

Delightful tale of a dog’s life

Isle of Dogs is one of the most beautiful films ever made and a joy to watch

Film: Sci-fi oddity strictly for the kids

Film: Sci-fi oddity strictly for the kids

A noticeably abrupt, decidedly shop-worn, battle between the forces of good and evil

Film: Surreal satire thinks outside The Square

Film: Surreal satire thinks outside The Square

What starts out as a deadpan comedy of manners mocking the 'my five-year-old could do that' school of contemporary art quickly jumps the fence into the surreal and the absurd

Film: Compelling thriller that truly terrifies

Film: Compelling thriller that truly terrifies

The Lodgers isn’t particularly frightening, but as a story of people trying to escape their ancestry, it is genuinely haunting

Film: Sleazy spy thriller never takes wing

Film: Sleazy spy thriller never takes wing

Based on the novel of the same name by former spy Jason Matthews, Red Sparrow is a shiny, sleazy espionage thriller in which nobody is what they seem, and everyone ends up betrayed

Ronan shines in subtle masterpiece

Ronan shines in subtle masterpiece

Deftly juggling characters and storylines, first-time director Greta Gerwig finds authentic laughs with subtle touches

Film: Magical moments with a monster

Film: Magical moments with a monster

Having spent two decades forging his individual style in an often derided genre, Mexican director Guillermo del Toro has peaked with The Shape of Water

Film: Revolution starts with a superhero

Film: Revolution starts with a superhero

Black Panther isn’t the first black superhero movie (there have been a few, from 1998s Blade to 2008s Hancock), but it is the first time a black character has taken the lead in a Marvel blockbuster

Film: Watchable Washington can’t save dull drama

Film: Watchable Washington can’t save dull drama

Roman J Israel, Esq almost immediately shatters into a dozen confusing plotlines before a final collapse into unearned sentiment

Threading the tale: Paul Thomas Anderson

Threading the tale: Paul Thomas Anderson

Paul Thomas Anderson has long been regarded as one of the greatest film directors of his generation, with modern classics such as There Will Be Blood, Boogie Nights and Magnolia on his CV

Alexander Payne’s drama is tiny, not mighty

Alexander Payne’s drama is tiny, not mighty

Payne’s social and ecological messages are lost in a morass of cheesy special effects, limp gags and aimless messaging